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Forgiveness at Easter

My wife, Sue, and I recently celebrated our 40th wedding anniversary. It was lovely to be able to celebrate the occasion with family and friends. We found it very moving to watch again the cine film (now on dvd) of our wedding, particularly to see the many people who were at our wedding but are no longer with us. We cherish so many great memories of people, places and experiences from through the years.

Not, of course, that our marriage has always been plain sailing – far from it! There have been times, like in any relationship, when we have found things very tough. Neither of us are perfect, but as someone once said, "A true relationship is two imperfect people who refuse to give up on each other." For any relationship to flourish, there has to be a willingness to work at it, to accept one another's weaknesses and be willing to forgive.

Forgiveness can be hard, but it is vital in any relationship that we learn how to forgive. We are approaching the season of Easter, and on Good Friday we will be reminded that as Jesus was nailed to a cross he cried out, "Father forgive them." If only we could all learn to demonstrate the ability to forgive, what a difference it might make to our society and our world.

Steve Clark
Minister, Glenfield Methodist Church

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